I buy a 32 inch waist trousers and jeans and they fit me fine. These 26-34 inch pants should have been a good size for me but were ridiculously large and balloon shaped! There was so much spare material that it had to be bunched to get my trousers over them. Anyone looking at my trousers could immediately see I was wearing either a nappy or a huge pad!! These pants are anything BUT discreet. There is no way I shall wear them again. Far too embarrassing! Total waste of money. They would only be fit for purpose if worn under trousers two sizes larger than normally worn, and even then it is likely that people would still notice that you were wearing voluminous underwear. The fit around my legs was OK so they would probably stop liquid from getting through to trousers.